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Extra efforts needed to achieve a sustainable food system


If we really want a sustainable food system then we need an integrated approach with a focus on protecting natural resources. This will involve going beyond the current range of individual measures and initiatives generated by governments and parties such as supermarkets, restaurants and the food industry.

New assessment of scenarios to guide UN-led global assessment on biodiversity


The UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) recently announced the start of a three-year global assessment to be guided by an adopted approach of using scenarios and models. The global assessment also measures progress on meeting the UN goals on biodiversity and sustainable development.

UN Sustainable Development Goals also require policy effort in the Netherlands


On 25 September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Central to this agenda are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that apply to all countries. The Netherlands already has national policy targets and policy programmes in line with the environment-related SDGs, but certain adjustments will be required.

A lower limit for future climate emissions


A new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, finds that the greenhouse gas emissions that the world can emit in order to limit climate change to less than 2°C are severely limited, lending further urgency to the need to address climate change.


One-page website on water safety

The Netherlands is currently the best protected delta in the world. However, flooding can never be ruled out completely. In terms of consequences, floods are among the worst disasters that can hit the Netherlands. This onepager shows the possibilities to reduce the number of potential casualties and decrease social disruption.

One-pager on global CO2

Are global CO2 emissions still rising? This one-pager answers questions such as: which countries are the largest emitters? And have developed countries reduced their emissions? PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency presents the latest facts and figures.

COP21 Paris

In December 2015, countries worldwide assembled at the UN climate negotiations in Paris to discuss and adopt a new international climate change agreement. PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency provided information on some of the key questions for the Paris negotiations, especially on mitigation.

Biodiversity: further decline or bending the trend?

What is happening to life on earth? What are the pressures affecting biological diversity globally, and what can be done to stop its decline? This animated film brings you to the year 2050. The choices that we as a society make today will determine what the world will look like decades from now.